Beijing Commentators Not Impressed by Russia’s Vostok-2018 Exercise
September 25 – The Vostok-2018 exercise, launched with such pomp and advertised
as the largest Russian military exercise since Soviet times, has ended, with
even Russian descriptions less effusive and elaborate than they were at its
beginning. (Cf. https://vpk-news.ru/articles/45198.)
But the most important coverage of
the exercise may have come from Chinese media outlets who have been anything
but impressed with what Moscow did, an assessment that should be taken
seriously because Chinese troops took part and thus could see at firsthand what
the Russian military was up to.
state media outlets including even CCTV devoted attention to the fact that
their Russian colleagues in the course of the exercise used” exactly the same tactics
that Soviet commanders had used 37 years ago, an indication that Russian
operational art has not advanced since then.
pointed to the presence of outdated military equipment in many areas, although
they acknowledged that the Russians did make use of some of their most advanced
tanks when acting as the attacking force, the blogger says.But the Chinese also suggested that their
equipment was better than the Russians in both cases.
That is especially
the case regarding maneuverability.“Chinese
experts noted,” he says, “that if Russia were to apply similar tactics against
average brigades of the Chinese Peoples’ Liberation Army, its losses would be